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After the quake in Pico Rivera, everything's OK at OK Donuts

March 16, 2010 |  7:39 am

At OK Donuts in Pico Rivera, Leang Muy and his sister Lisa Parng were cleaning the kitchen when they suddenly felt the ground shake.

"I stood still," said Muy, 27. "I heard my sister say, 'Earthquake!' and she too didn't move."

Muy said the shop was not damaged in the magnitude 4.4 quake that struck the region early Tuesday morning. Almost an hour later, customers were walking in for their usual coffee and doughnuts. Some stood around watching news coverage of the quake, which was centered in Pico Rivera.

At Walt's Liquor in Pico Rivera, Letti Talamantes stood behind her counter Tuesday morning, tending to customers. She said she did not bother rushing to the store after the quake struck.

"Nothing fell at the house, so I assumed nothing fell [in the store], and if something did, I figured it was very minor," she said.

Talamantes said the quake felt like a "strong bang."

With the recent massive quakes in Chile and Haiti, Talamantes said she could not help but wonder: "What's coming next?"

Talamantes, who has lived in Pico Rivera for 47 years, said she thought back to the magnitude 5.9 quake centered in nearby Whittier Narrows that killed eight people in 1987. She was at the store that day when all the whiskey and vodka bottles were knocked over.

"I even saw the building actually move," Talamantes said, adding that when she made it out she saw rolling waves of concrete. The quake caused $30,000 in damage to her store. But on Tuesday, not even one item in her store broke, and she said she's grateful for that.

-- Ruben Vives in Pico Rivera